Secret Wars II #4
Issue(s): Secret Wars II #4
She kills herself after the Beyonder leaves her, but he returns and resurrects her. When she tells him she loves him "because of what you do for me... what you do to me! You bring me ecstasy like no one else could!" the Beyonder decides that's like a business deal so he leaves her again, but not before freaking her out by showing her that he could just as easily take a female form.
Ing is left heartbroken but at least she doesn't kill herself again.
Scanning all possible humans, he chooses Dazzler on the grounds that she's a mutant, "perhaps the most powerful ever to walk the planet". Most of the rest of the issue is spent wooing her.
He even drops in on Alpha Flight..
...rescuing Talisman from Shaman's pouch as payment for pulling an engagement ring out of it.
He also fakes an attack from the Avengers.
When none of that works he tries mentally forcing her to love him...
...but he doesn't like how that goes so he releases her.
Almost as an aside in this issue, while taking a little flight in his car, the Beyonder "quickly scanned the desires of every living creature on Earth" and found a few that don't fall into the "basic and predictable patterns". One is Algrim the Elf (previously referred to as Algrim the Strong), the Dark Elf that seemingly fell to his death fighting Thor during the Ancient Winters saga. The Beyonder restores Algrim and grants him "far more power than before". He'll soon be re-named Kurse, but not in this issue.
Beyond him, there's a few more people that interest the Beyonder.
The only good thing about this issue is the Beyonder's love of his Car Cuisinart.
Everything else was crap. Crap crap crap. Al Milgrom may not be the greatest penciler or writer, but he's written some decent stories. I wonder what he thought when he got this plot to draw? What did Bob Budianksy think when Shooter turned this garbage in? I guess you can't tell the boss how awful he is. Ugh. This series has been bad all along, but i think Shooter trying to write "romance" really killed it (same as Dazzler: The Movie?). Milgrom is no romance artist either. An absolute bomb.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Dazzler appears here between Dazzler #39-40, and this issue continues directly in Dazzler #40 for both Dazzler and the Beyonder. The official tie-ins for this issue are Dazzler #40, Alpha Flight #28, ROM #72, and Avengers #261. I actually have Avengers #261 occurring prior to this issue, however.
Cross-over: Secret Wars II
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (7): show
There was one other clever thing in this issue. Note the Beyonder's wording about the Silver Surfer- "he believes that an impenetrable barrier holds him here". This is the first clue that Galactus's barrier doesn't work the way the Surfer thinks it does.
I wonder if Marvel was considering re-vamping the Silver Surfer series earlier than 1987? It's odd for the Surfer to appear here; he barely figures into the Secret Wars II story. But then again, neither does Ronald Reagan.
I suppose when i do get to the Surfer series, they'll explain why Dr. Doom was affected by Galactus' barrier back in FF #60 if it was only psychological as implied here?
It wasn't psychological. And yes, the explanation does explain why Doom was affected by Galactus's barrier.
There was indeed supposed to be a Silver Surfer 12-part maxi-series drawn by John Buscema released about this time.
Sharon appears to have walked in from Howard Chaykin's "American Flagg!" .
OK, I've been doing some research. According to this website, the 12-issue limited series was originally supposed to take place on Earth:
You've got a duplicated image here - instead of Dazzler being mind-controlled you re-used the picture of the Beyonder stalking her.
Fixed the image. Thanks.
I wonder if Beyonder and Dazzler's quiet place is supposed to be the butte where Phoenix and Cyclops had their romantic moment and she took off his glasses. Probably not, but Shooter would know that issue, and it evokes that scene. Whether it is or not, Byrne's version did not look like the work of someone with a broken hand. (I hate to keep trashing Milgrom, but these pages, besides being awful in general, are below *his* standards.)
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